Roger Watkins

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Jalopnik scribe finds out the hard way why you should never speed in Virginia

Being an automotive journalist can be a dangerous gig. No, we're not talking about the risk of carpal tunnel from typing for eight to ten hours a day, five to six days a week or the long periods of sitting. Instead, we're referring to what may be more obvious: the cars. For all of our talk and …

Chevy Marketing Heaven: Man U Jerseys And A Win In The Big House

Chevrolet experienced marketing nirvana as it hosted a record-setting crowd and sponsored a high-profile soccer match in its backyard at Michigan Stadium over the weekend. With the winning Manchester United team wearing Chevy’s hallowed bowtie logo for the first time under their new long-term …

2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe First Drive

A Return To Form<p>Save for a few years of its century-plus existence, Cadillac has offered its unique brand of American elegance in two-door, fixed-roof bodystyles. Most of these cars were big, floaty barges, of course, though its most recent offering was the wedge-shaped CTS Coupe. But whereas the …

China to overhaul factory safety standards following GM supplier plant explosion

Last weekend's explosion at the factory of an automotive component supplier in China has led to a major crackdown in plant safety across the People's Republic, as the country's communist authorities attempt to avoid another catastrophe.<p>According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, facilities that use aluminum, magnesium, …

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Are You Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

You may not be, but they're still on their way.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)</i><p>Self-driving cars sound wonderful: A computer program can ferry you to work while you kick back and read a book. But are they safe? Many Americans have mixed feelings and don't entirely trust software to take …

10 Things You Didn't Know Your Android Phone Could Do

Whether you're rocking the latest Android device from Samsung, HTC, or LG, these tips will help you get the most out of your phone or tablet. RELATED: 10 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do.The Android App That Lets You Drive an Awesome Robot.<p><b>1. Send Your Ex Straight to Voicemail</b><p>We've all …

PM/AM: Space Engine Breaks Laws of Physics?

Stories, videos, and our thoughts on big news you might have missed.<p><i>Welcome to PM/AM, Popular Mechanics' morning briefing on the top science and tech stories for today.</i><p>NASA has tested a microwave thruster that seemingly violates the law of conservation of momentum... and yet they think it …

This 2016 Ford Super Duty Prototype Burned to the Ground

Prototype fires happen all the time; seldom are they so dramatic. This aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford Super Duty was out testing in Death Valley when things went awry.<p>Prototype fires? They happen all the time. Seldom though are they so dramatic. This next-generation aluminum-bodied 2016 Ford Super Duty …

Navdy is the Dashboard Heads-Up Display from the Future

The $499 Navdy answers calls, skips tracks, and gives directions without obscuring the road ahead.<p>Head-up displays have been around since the 1950s in jet fighters, and in automobiles since the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Now, more sophisticated displays are coming to our cars to tell us how we're …

Video: Great White Sharks Chomp On An Underwater Robot

Om nom nom<p>REMUS SharkCam: The hunter and the hunted from Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. on Vimeo.<p>Want to see what it looks like when you get chomped on by a great white shark? Of course you do.<p>This video, made by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, shows great white sharks near Guadalupe …

Why Do We Want To Squeeze Cute Things?

Studying how adorable animals can turn us aggressive<p>Seeing something cute actually does bring out aggression in us, according to a paper presented at Society for Personality and Social Psychology's annual meeting in New Orleans last Friday.<p>Researchers found 109 people to look at pictures of animals …

What Our Eyes Say About Our Sexual Preferences

Women are more flexible in their desires than men, study suggests<p>Cornell University researchers used porn and measures of pupil dilation to study arousal in straight-, gay- and bisexual-identifying men and women, reports a study published April 3 in <i>PLoS ONE</i>. The results, which point to surprising …

Japan's Military Will Patrol Earth's Orbitals

Their first foe? Astronaut litter.<p>Japan's military plans to take defense to the heavens in 2019. According to a report by Japan's Kyodo News Agency, Japan's Self-Defense Forces plan to add a space monitoring branch, to be jointly run by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Air Self-Defence …

This Is Lake Erie's Toxic Algal Bloom As Seen From Space

Pretty and poisonous<p>Warm temperatures and fertilizer runoff fueled a large algae bloom throughout western Lake Erie over the past few days, turning water the color of pea soup. But the bloom wasn't just unsightly--the dominant species, a type of blue-green algae called <i>microcystis spp</i>, produce a …

Assassin's Creed: Rogue trailer leaks, may be coming Nov. 11 (update)

<i>Updated at 12:07 Pacific time with confirmation.</i><p>Well, we finally got a little more info on that last-gen Assassin’s Creed game.<p>A trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Rogue leaked to the Internet via Facebook fan page Access the Animus, and then Ubisoft officially announced and released the video shortly …

White Xbox One Heading to Retail With Sunset Overdrive

According to a French retailer.<p><b>Update:</b> Microsoft has confirmed the Xbox One Sunset Overdrive bundle will come with a white console.<p>A Microsoft …

5 reasons I won’t buy Amazon’s Fire Phone

Amazon recently launched its own smartphone,  to the surprise of absolutely nobody, and it has some interesting features that might catch the eye of the consumer.<p>It has 3D, for starters. Of course, that’s nothing new. Others have tried 3D screens before, and these didn’t really change the world . …

Phablets Will Outnumber Tablet Sales Three To One By 2018

The days of the 3.5-inch or 4.0-inch phone screen are gone. The entire smartphone market has been moving towards phablets over the past few quarters, and that trend is set to continue, as phablets become the go-to smartphone form factor.<p>We at BI Intelligence define the phablet as a smartphone with …

Google yanks BombGaza game for violating app policies

Google has removed a game from its Google Play marketplace that encouraged players to pretend they were Israeli soldiers bombing Gaza City. The game, BombGaza, is no longer available on the app store.<p>The tech giant said it does not comment on specific apps, but a spokesperson did tell CNET "We …

Google pulls Gaza-themed Android app from Play Store following outcry

Google regularly screens Android apps in the Play Store, but it's usually focused on blocking malware and scams rather than the substance of the apps themselves. Today, though, it took the rare step of policing content by removing <i>Bomb Gaza</i>, a game that made light of the current conflict between …

Inside the Huge Solar Farm That Powers Apple's iCloud

Apple has a wide-ranging plan to keep its ever-expanding empire green—but it has a few holes.<p>The skies are threatening to pour on the Apple solar farm, but as the woman in charge of the company’s environmental initiatives points out: The panels are still putting out some power. Apple is still …

Buffalo Bills coach has issues in first NFL game with Surface tablets

Last night's Hall of Fame game was the first NFL preseason matchup of the summer. It was also the first time that Microsoft's new plan to replace binders of printed photos with a fleet of Surface Pros on the sidelines was put into effect. As you might expect, implementing the tech hit a few snags. …

Scientists Eavesdrop Through Soundproof Glass

Boffins at MIT, Microsoft and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can bring audio to silent videos by reading vibrations that are not visible to the naked eye on objects.<p>In one example, the team was able to recover “intelligible speech” from a video thanks to vibrations that a voice made on a …

Boot up: Iran domain seizure, and the military industrial complex

A quick burst of 6 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team<p><b>Icann bids to stop Iran web domain seizure >>></b> <b>BBC News</b><p>The attempt to grab the domains is part of a court case begun by the families of four Americans injured in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem in 1997 for which Hamas …

Russian regulator ready to block BBC website, reports say

Russian authorities are considering blocking the BBC’s local website, because it carries an audio interview with an “extremist”. However, the BBC is …

Layoffs may be over as BlackBerry looks to grow again

BlackBerry has reached a milestone in its attempt to claw its way back from a near-fatal plummet.<p>The company appears to be finished with job cuts and is looking to actually start staffing back up, according to an internal memo sent out Friday by CEO John Chen and obtained by Reuters. A company …

LightFreq's Crazy Light Bulb Combined with a Speaker Lands on Kickstarter

We get a lot of crowdfunding pitches, but it’s not that often we get ones that promise to combine a fully smartphone-controllable light bulb with an HD audio speaker. The LightFreq promises exactly that, provided it reaches its $50,000 crowdfunding goal.<p>Although it sounds a bit odd at first, there …

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 To Come With A 5.5-inch Display (Rumor)

Previously, we heard Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is rumored to launch on September 3rd next month at an event a few days before IFA 2014 in Berlin.<p>With the …

GameStop confirms simplified 'more money' trade-in policy

Most people who walk into a GameStop don’t know that they can exchange their old games for credit at the retailer’s stores. As part of its renewed effort to educate consumers about this option, the company has also decided to make the process a lot easier.<p>Reports emerged yesterday that GameStop was …